This article is dedicated to the memory of Marion Larkman who passed away peacefully on December 18, 2006. She was born on May 19, 1926 on the Curve Lake First Nations Reserve and raised on a Métis settlement at Burleigh Falls, Ontario. Marion was a trapper, served in the military during the Second World War, and was a mother of twelve children and an active member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. In recent years, Marion dedicated her energies to preserving and protecting Métis history, values, traditions and pride in Métis arts and culture.
During the summer of 2009, the Turtle Mountain-Souris Plains Heritage Association conducted interviews among elders of the Turtle Mountain Metis community.
North Dakota Native American Essential Understanding 1: Sacred Relatives Native people practice a deep interconnectedness with the land, the resources, the water, all living things and all human beings. Land stewardship, respect for all 2 legged, 4 legged, winged, crawlers and swimmers and a strong belief in the sacredness of all human beings are key elements of our spirituality. To learn more about the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings and to see more interviews with North Dakota Native Elders and educators, visit http://teachingsofourelders.org/